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The National Student's Summer Day Out at... Buckingham Palace


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The Buckingham Palace State Rooms are now open for their annual season while the Royal family is on their summer hols - the palace is open!

The visitor route includes a 450-metre walk along the west side of the palace garden, which offers views of the garden, palace and the nineteenth-century lake.

Of course the exhibitions and some of the doors and walls are protected as they are by Perspex and seasonal staff, but it is still great to see the amazing inside of Britain’s most well-known building.

The thrones in the Throne Room are surprisingly modest, decorated simply with red fabric and gold sides, and the Grand Hall resembles an upmarket hotel foyer decorated with famous paintings, pictures from the past hundreds years and family portraits. The Music Room, the setting for many royal christenings, is charming and throughout the various rooms there are some amazing Nash ceilings and decorated pieces. Among the paintings in the Picture Gallery are Rembrandts, Rubens and Vermeers.

Included in the admission price is the 'Royal Childhood' exhibition, where you can find out what it's really like to grow up in London's flashiest pad with the exhibition of toys, outfits and treasured family belongings.

Some of the exhibits in the Childhood exhibition date back as far as 250 years, and many of the items are prized possessions of our monarchs-to-be and royal family members, such as a set of dolls made by a young Queen Victoria, little Queen Liz's rocking horse and Prince George's trike from Boris Johnson.

There is also an opportunity to see Prince William's page boy sailor suit from the Duke of York's wedding in 1986 and Prince George's christening gown from 2013. There are plenty of familiar faces among the photographs and film footage throughout the exhibition, which much is previously unseen to the public.

There are also multi-media guides for children aged five to 12 to make the whole experience more enjoyable or the younger audience, as well as a family tent on the palace's West Terrace.

The Buckingham Palace Summer opening runs until September 28th 2014, andit is advised that tickets should be booked in advance.

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